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Wyoming Spring Workshop
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT
Category: Events

HUD Basic Occupancy and Updates
Whether you are looking to obtain continuing education for your current certification(s), or just obtain an update on the HUD Handbook 4350.3 including the latest guidance, this Session is for you!
Join Heather Wezensky for information packed session. She will be covering the most recent HUD Office of Housing Notices and some of the latest program changes including:
  • Electronic Signatures – Housing Notice 2020-10
  • Assistive Animals
  • VAWA
  • Rental Housing Integrity Improvement Project (RHIIP) Updates
  • Fair Housing Updates
  • Most Current HUD Guidance and Notices
Common Pitfalls of Fair Housing Compliance
Few things can be as time consuming, exasperating, and as expensive as defending a Fair Housing complaint. You will gain an understanding of how to avoid Fair Housing inconsistencies and pitfalls that are often unintentionally included in advertising. Learn about the most common complaints and how an “innocent comment” can turn into a discrimination complaint. We will also discuss how to be “reasonable” with reasonable accommodation requests for parking spaces and assistance animals, and the importance of following your company policies and procedures to maintain consistency.
How to Detect Resident and Applicant Fraud
With the increasing shortage of affordable housing in the US, there is a small percentage of people who are willfully providing false information or altered documents to housing providers in order to try to qualify for housing. In this session Heather Wezensky will give you tips on how to detect fraud and what to look for on applications, questionnaires, resident provided documents and 3rd party verifications. We will discuss ways to protect management and the owner from reportable non-compliance if fraud is detected by an outside agency. Lastly, we will discuss how to report resident and applicant fraud to the appropriate government agencies if discovered.

Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
In this session, Kristina Packard the ERAP Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Family Services will talk about the different Emergency Rental Assistance Programs that are available to tenants and landlords. 

Instructor: Heather Wezensky Bio
Heather (Staggs) Wezensky is the Senior Vice President of Seldin Company and STAR Compliance Consulting, A Division of Seldin Company, which is based on Omaha, Nebraska. Heather is an expert in Fair Housing practices and affordable housing program compliance rules and regulations and holds various affordable designations and credentials such as the CPO™, FHC™, SHCM™ and AHM. She has first-hand insight into the latest affordable housing compliance trends all due to her years of on-site consulting work with multiple affordable housing programs, in addition to Heather and her team reviewing hundreds of resident files on a monthly basis.
Her ability to quickly comprehend the complex rules and regulations of the affordable housing industry, allows her to assist her clients across the country to stay compliant with not only state and federal governmental agency requirements, but also with national and local Fair Housing laws. Heather is a member of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) and the past Chair of their Fair Housing Committee and is the current Chair of their Education and Training Committee, she also sits on the SHCM™ Special Advisory & Technical Committee. Heather was given the distinct honor of NAHMA’s Industry Achievement Award in 2019, and is a current NAHMA approved CPO™, BCD™ and FHC™ Instructor.